Wow!!! What a great, affordable, compact guide for beginners to astronomy. Everything a beginner needs and explained in easy to read style with some fantastic illustrations in full colour – highly recommended.
NAME: Stargazing, Beginners Guide to Astronomy
AUTHOR: Radmila Topalovic, Tom Kerss
BINDING: soft back
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Astronomy, stargazing, telescopes, computers, applications software, cameras, skyscape, light pollution, orbit, axial tilt, spin, celestial sphere, asteroids, comets, moons, planets, eclipses, zodiac
DESCRIPTION: Wow!!! What a great, affordable, compact guide for beginners to astronomy. Everything a beginner needs and explained in easy to read style with some fantastic illustrations in full colour – highly recommended.
Astronomy is a great hobby, if addictive. It is very affordable and can even be started without any equipment beyond a guide like this. The human eye does have limits and is further limited by light pollution and cloud. Where the novice astronomer is located will determine the extent of constraints. Out in the countryside on a clear night so much is visible to the naked eye. In a town pollution can seriously limit vision.
Astronomy is not only an absorbing hobby, but it is a hobby that can be developed as skill and funding permits. A simple telescope or a pair of general purpose 7 x 50 or 8 x 30 binoculars can take the novice on a long way from the naked eye, opening up a new range of observations. Once the novice reaches that point, high-power binoculars and astronomy telescopes are the next stage and still relatively inexpensive, but they do require a tripod/stand to avoid shake and allow the optical device to be laid accurately on the target. The authors have taken the beginner through these steps, having started with a basic introduction to astronomy, with many high quality images to illustrate the key points.
Once the beginner really gets started, there will be a need to acquire charts, but this book provides a range of basic charts and a clear explanation of how planets move in orbit and the seasonal variations resulting from the axis and tilt of the Earth.
Inevitably the thrill of early observation will encourage a desire for more sophisticated equipment, such as a more powerful astronomy telescope, a motorised tripod/support to help tracking a target, and consideration of joining a local club with access to an observatory.
Photography in astronomy is explained and growing confidence and ambition may lead to the use of computers and applications to increase the scope for the astronomer.
Some will want to take the next logical step and move from hobby to profession. This book is an important first step into a fantastic activity.